car·​bo·​nara | \ˌkär-bə-ˈnär-ə \

Definition of carbonara 

: a dish of hot pasta into which other ingredients (such as eggs, bacon or ham, and grated cheese) have been mixed often used as a postpositive modifier spaghetti carbonara

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Further evidence that Nick is a monster: who leaves a perfectly good bowl of delicious carbonara to go cold? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Episode 9 Brings Resistance In Many Forms," 9 June 2017 Some brussels sprouts recipes will instruct you to remove the outer leaves to use in your food, like this brussels sprouts carbonara from Bon Appétit. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Easiest Ways to Prep a Bunch of Brussels Sprouts at Once," 25 Oct. 2018 Another dish Italians get up in arms about is carbonara, a Roman meal traditionally made with egg, Pecorino, guanciale, and pepper. Carla Ciccone, Bon Appetit, "The “Italians Mad at Food” Twitter Account Is Too Real to My Life," 7 May 2018 The bigoli alla carbonara ($22) includes ramps, morel mushrooms and guanciale. Michael Bauer,, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 Pizza varieties include carbonara, wild mushroom, shrimp and pesto, Margherita and sausage. Pam Kragen,, "New 7 Mile restaurant part of Sheraton revamp in Carlsbad," 14 June 2018 Lately, dishes have leaned more familiar: meatballs in tomato sauce, spaghetti alla carbonara, double cheeseburgers. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Fountain Square restaurant Pioneer stops serving food," 6 June 2018 Try the carbonara pizza, loaded with guanciale, parmigiano, parsley, and a roasted egg: the chef's kiss meme definitely applies here. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Your Next Weekend Trip from NYC Should Be to Asbury Park, New Jersey," 25 May 2018 Dish options include cacio e pepe scrambled eggs; short rib vaccinara Benedict; banana-ricotta pancakes; black garlic tajarin carbonara; rigatoni lamb verde; and chicken al mattone. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "50-plus restaurants for Mother’s Day brunch, dinner and deals in Phoenix," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of carbonara

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carbonara

Italian dialect (alla) carbonara, literally, in the manner of a charcoal maker

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